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...

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

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.

League

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...

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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.

Rugby League

Storm wary of Hasler factor

Craig Bellamy and Des Hasler

Stathi Paxinos MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has said that he does not know, or had not really thought about, what sorts of tricks Canterbury counterpart Des Hasler could pull in Sunday's grand final.

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.