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.

Slater not optimistic about NRL return this week

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm full-back Billy Slater believes he is unlikely to be ready to be rushed back into the team for this weekend's clash against North Queensland despite the one-time premiership...

Bulldogs the form team: Bellamy

Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy could not resist a smile when talking about Canterbury counterpart Des Hasler.

Bulldogs no underdogs

Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos MELBOURNE STORM coach Craig Bellamy could not resist a smile as he voiced what just about everyone in rugby league was thinking about Canterbury counterpart Des Hasler - or more specifically his...

Rugby League

We need stand-alone Origin: Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos Craig Bellamy remembers the bitter disappointment he felt when Ryan Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hoffman were not chosen for New South Wales in this year's State of Origin.

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Rugby League

Bellamy's tired of losing

Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos Craig Bellamy has not been finding sleep easy these past months.

Bellamy speaks out about referees

Craig Bellamy

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

Jason Ryles.

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

Billy Slater of the Storm

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

Billy Slater

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

Rugby League

Lowe lapping up last days

Jaiman Lowe

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...

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

Melbourne Storm.

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

Cooper Cronk.

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.

Rugby League

Victorian-born Stormer to miss grand final

Mahe Fonua

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm winger Sisa Waqa believes that he will be fit for Sunday’s NRL grand final against Canterbury, which if correct, would leave Storm’s first Victorian born-and-bred talent Mahe Fonua on...

Rugby League

Bellamy praises grand final foe Hasler

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has no doubt what Bulldogs mentor Des Hasler is capable of.

Fa'aoso follows Newton's footsteps

Richie Fa'Aoso

Stathi Paxinos WHEN listening to Richie Fa'aoso's story it is hard not to be reminded of another from 2007.