Retired Wests Tigers captain Darren Senter may have started as a Canterbury junior but he will forever remain a Tiger.
More than 300 people celebrated the hooker�s career at Senter�s Send Off at Balmain Leagues Club on Saturday night.
Pearce described Senter as a very competitive player who showed great toughness and an ability to focus on the tasks required to win matches.
�Darren hated to lose. It is that type of competitiveness you want from a player in your team,�� Pearce said.
�He wasn�t the most popular player with opposition fans because he was so competitive, but he was respected. He always played to win.
�Toughness is not about verbally giving it to a player or belting a player. It is about being knocked down and getting back up again for your team. Darren could play with pain and he did that on many occasions.
�Darren had an amazing ability to achieve a goal and to reset new goals. His first goal was to establish himself in first grade. His second goal was to play representative football.
�He then worked on his leadership skills and to captain a club for six years is an amazing achievement.
�Darren left the field at half-time with the side trailing 14-0. Bob was being treated in the dressing rooms when Darren walked in. He was emotionally shocked and as the coach, I told him to go with his father in the ambulance to the hospital.
�Darren spoke with the doctor and once told his father would be alright, he went out for the second half and had an outstanding game. The match finished in a 14-14 draw with Darren taking the players� player award.
�Darren James Senter may not have been born a Tiger but he certainly became one.��
In paying tribute to his former team-mate, O�Neill couldn�t resist a dig at Senter�s love for the mirror and to fine detail.
�Darren was one of the toughest blokes I played with. He always led by example and he was the type of player you wanted to play alongside each week,�� O�Neill said.
�Off the field, Hollywood was always well groomed. If a player took his mirror space, that would be the end of them.��
As for Senter, the veteran of 226 games � 100 with Balmain and 96 with the Wests Tigers _ the night was a fitting way to finish his career.
�I might have been a Canterbury junior but Tiger Town is where my heart is. This is where I belong and this is where I always will be,�� Senter said.