Stathi Paxinos

Stathi Paxinos

Stathi Paxinos covers rugby league, rugby union, boxing, swimming and Australian Rules football for The Age. He has covered numerous major sporting events including the Sydney Olympic Games (boxing), the 2003 Rugby World Cup, state of origin contests and NRL finals, world title fights and national swimming championships. Stathi also covered boxing and aquatics at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Rugby League

Melbourne Storm deserved more from Brian Waldron's 'apology'

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Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm fans, players and officials have waited four years for some sign of contrition from Brian Waldron about the role the former chief executive played in the salary cap cheating that...

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Rugby League

Youngsters storm up the ranks

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Stathi Paxinos Mahe Fonua did not have the best of NRL debuts for the Storm last season.

Coach raises concerns for players as heat is turned up and opposition opts to play on

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Stathi Paxinos Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy has called for the NRL to ''do the right thing by the players' welfare'' and hold the opening month of the NRL season at night after he watched his team swelter in...

Rugby League

Match reviewers clear Slater over kicking Dog

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Brad Walter and Stathi Paxinos The NRL match review committee has ruled that Melbourne fullback Billy Slater's kick to the head of Canterbury forward David Klemmer was accidental contact.

Rugby League

Panthers stay wary

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Stathi Paxinos Penrith forward Clint Newton insists that there has not been, and would not be, any use of the words 'form slump' in relation to Melbourne Storm ahead of their clash.

Rugby League

Storm's swagger returns with a win

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Stathi Paxinos IT HAS been a while since Craig Bellamy had seen such facial expressions and body language on his players.

Storm surge back to form as hapless Panthers roll over

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04:  Billy Slater of the Storm runs with the ball during the round 22 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Penrith Panthers at AAMI Park on August 4, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Stathi Paxinos THERE was a feeling that hung around Melbourne Storm's game against Penrith yesterday. It was one of ''surely not''.

Bellamy speaks out about referees

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Stathi Paxinos CRAIG Bellamy has added his voice to the chorus of concern about refereeing in the NRL with the Melbourne Storm coach saying the consistency of decisions must be improved.

Rugby League

Local to debut at Storm

Local talent: Storm's Mahe Fonua (right).

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm could be on the verge of unveiling its first bona fide Victorian talent.

Rugby League

Basic, boring win the day for a turnaround

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Stathi Paxinos Jason Ryles could not believe his luck when the Melbourne Storm racked up nine consecutive wins at the beginning of the season.

Rugby League

Gold Coast taken by Storm - and history

On the run: Melbourne Storm's Mahe Fonua, its first true-blue Victorian talent and playing his first NRL game, makes a dash.

Stathi Paxinos The story of the night was the unveiling of the Storm's first true-blue Victorian talent.

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Storm have a true-blue local to call their own

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Stathi Paxinos THE Melbourne Storm made history last night and it had nothing to do with their 24-16 win over Gold Coast at AAMI Park.

Rugby League

Storm wants help to grow

Marooned: Storm's Ryan Hoffman says the trip to Brisbane will be another battle.

Stathi Paxinos Club calls on ARL and state government to agree on promotion of game.

Rugby League

Barba gives me haircut: Slater

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Stathi Paxinos Billy Slater believes Canterbury gun Ben Barba has him beaten on some aspects.

Rugby League

Lowe lapping up last days

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Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm front-rower Jaiman Lowe has had a niggling feeling for much of the year. It began as a battle for motivation when he was consigned to the reserves early this season but once he...

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Bellamy stokes Storm fire before Manly clash

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Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has declared that despite the bitter history between the Storm and their preliminary final opponent, Manly, he wants his team to have some fire and emotion going...

Rugby League

New Ryles injury a blow for Storm

Jason Ryles

Stathi Paxinos Jason Ryles came to Melbourne to play in finals, more particularly grand finals.

Rugby League

Storm ready for Manly onslaught

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Stathi Paxinos Todd Lowrie knows all about the rivalry, possibly to some extent even hatred, that will be present when Melbourne Storm plays Manly in a preliminary final at AAMI Park.

Rugby League

Hard work earns Storm grand final slot

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy insists there is no place for any reference to the club's recent history.

Stathi Paxinos Craig Bellamy insists that there is no place this week for any reference to Storm's recent history.

Rugby League

Grand final week 'fun' for Cronk

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Stathi Paxinos Cooper Cronk reckons grand final week is an atmosphere to be taken in and enjoyed. But he hasn't always looked on it that way.