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.

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Hard work earns Storm grand final slot

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.

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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.

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Lowrie's path not set

Todd Lowrie

Stathi Paxinos Hard-working back-rower Todd Lowrie has admitted he does not know what his future holds with the Melbourne Storm after his contract expires at the end of the season.

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.

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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.

Fierce Storm lashes Sea Eagles

Melbourne Storm celebrates after beating the Sea Eagles at AAMI Park.

Stathi Paxinos It has taken far less time than many had thought but Storm now has the chance it has been craving.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Storm play ducks and drakes

Rugby League Melbourne Storm players at a training session at Olympic Stadium at Homebush in Sydney, September 29, 2012. (SHD NEWS) photo by Mick Tsikas

Stathi Paxinos IT WAS a case of all players being fit and healthy for Melbourne in today's grand final against Canterbury but assistant coach Kevin Walters still did his best yesterday to cause doubt about the...

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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.

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Storm clouds gone as stars celebrate win

Billy Slater on the run.

Stathi Paxinos It seems fairytale endings do happen. Two years after Melbourne was locked in the darkest days of the club's history, the Storm proved too strong for Canterbury in the grand final.

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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...

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Slater cops an earful from Bulldog

James Graham allegedly bit Billy Slater's ear.

Stathi Paxinos In the end, no one was talking about James Graham's Mike Tyson-moment after the Storm's 14-4 grand final win.

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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.