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.

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.

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.

Rugby League

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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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

Slater charge dims victory as Storm flies high

Billy Slater.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne remains undefeated after holding off Canterbury in a worthy grand final replay.

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

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.

League

Perfect Storm get spray from Smith after dropping ball

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Stathi Paxinos THREE late tries to Newcastle took the shine off an otherwise strong win by Melbourne at AAMI Park last night - and earned the players a blast from skipper Cameron Smith.

Rugby League

Dogged Storm prevails

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14:  Cameron Smith of the Storm is tackled by Frank Pritchard and Sam Kasiano of the Bulldogs during the round seven NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canterbury Bulldogs at AAMI Park on April 14, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm was tested - perhaps for the first time this season - by a gutsy Canterbury.