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'

Stathi Paxinos dinkus

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

Waqa right to take his place

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Sisa Waqa of the Storm runs during a Melbourne Storm NRL training session at AAMI Park on September 25, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Stathi Paxinos Despite injury concern, Storm's Sisa Waqa was training strongly at a closed session in Sydney.

Rugby League

Storm braces for the cauldron

Melbourne Storm

Stathi Paxinos, Sydney Storm skipper Cameron Smith believes it will not be long before the grand final atmosphere reaches something similar to a state of origin.

Rugby League

Saluting Storm's odd couple

The Melbourne Storm's, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith (Captain) and Billy Slater. The NRL Grand Final Breakfast at Daltone House, Pyrmont. photo by Marco Del Grande on September 27, 2012

Stathi Paxinos Coach Craig Bellamy and skipper Cameron Smith somehow form a perfect union.

Rugby League

Coaches have it all: Turner

Des Hasler, Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos It's obvious to Steve Turner why Bellamy and Hasler are the best coaches of recent years.

Rugby League

Full-backs' duel crucial

Billy Slater and Ben Barba.

Stathi Paxinos The battle between Billy Slater and Ben Barba in today's NRL grand final has the fans excited.

Rugby League

Storm's celebratory homecoming delayed

Melbourne Storm supporters celebrating after the Storm won the grand final.

Stathi Paxinos Among the Melbourne Storm players who will be departing the NRL premiers in coming weeks, New Zealand-bound Todd Lowrie and Dane Nielsen are hoping - and only half jokingly - that memories and...

After a hard road, Storm's pride gets to shine

Cameron Smith and the team celebrate after the Storm's win.

Stathi Paxinos A special team is home to share its success.

Hoffman hopes title will persuade Bellamy

Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos RYAN HOFFMAN said there was one way to show Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy how much he meant to the team and players.

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Hoffman sings coach's praises

Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos Ryan Hoffman said he believed there was one way to show Storm coach Craig Bellamy how much he meant to the team and players.

High five for Smith

Cameron Smith

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm captain crowned the club's player of the year for a fifth time.

Bennett backs Bellamy to stick with Storm

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy.

Stathi Paxinos Wayne Bennett could not see any reason why Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy would want to leave this year's NRL premier when his contract was up next year, the seven-time premiership coach said...

Storm 'fan' re-signs as coach

Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos Coaching supremo Craig Bellamy has announced he is staying with NRL premiers Melbourne Storm until at least the end of 2016.

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Bellamy raises the temperature

Craig Bellamy.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm coach questions why concerns about heat stress were not regarded more seriously.

Hunger for more flags still rages, says Hinchcliffe

Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm kept to the standard line about the prospect of winnig back-to-back premierships.

Rugby League

Youngsters storm up the ranks

Mahe Fonua

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

Gareth Widdop

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...

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Match reviewers clear Slater over kicking Dog

slater

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.

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Bellamy stokes Storm fire before Manly clash

Craig Bellamy

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...

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New Ryles injury a blow for Storm

Jason Ryles

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