DAMIEN Otto escaped Eskdale Park with two competition points but the hooker was forced to work hard.
Saturday's Fraser Coast derby was Otto's first game at Eskdale Park since he left Wallaroos during the off-season.
Now the Hervey Bay Seagulls' dummy-half, Otto copped his fair share of attention from both former teammates and a once-loving crowd.
"The crowd out here tonight was very vocal, mainly towards me," he said after fulltime.
"It's different to be on the receiving end for once.
"The difference between other teams that play at home like this is the crowd because they are so vocal and it deters you."
Otto was not the only player to have swapped sides, with Seagulls prop Brad Jung a former Wallaroos prop.
His cousins Will and Laikyn Jung jumped to Hervey Bay during the off-season but did not play due to work commitments and injury respectively.
Former Hervey Bay pair Paul Shillingsworth and Chris Ahon joined Wallaroos this season for an opportunity to play A-grade.
Ahon scored against his former club while Shillingsworth was stopped before the line by a classic Alex Braun try-saver.
The rivalry remains strong between the clubs, and when Otto was spotted with a bloodied eye after fulltime it was assumed to be the result of special treatment by his former teammates.
Otto laughed it off.
"It was a poke from Bradley (Jung)," he laughed.
"I copped a poke in last 15 minutes. Lucky I had my eye closed.
"I wasn't the only ex-Wallaroos to come to Eskdale Park, I had Brad there too. There were a few facials and elbows but that's footy."
Otto's opposite number Jack Horder was Wallaroos' under-18 captain last season, and assumed the A-grade side's co-captaincy with halfback Luke Waters this year.
Horder was outstanding against the Seagulls, scoring two tries and kicking three goals in the six-point loss.
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