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

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 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.

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

Barba gives me haircut: Slater

Billy Slater

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

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.