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

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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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.

Rugby League

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.

Rugby League

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.

Rugby League

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...

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

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...

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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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.

Hoffman hopes title will persuade Bellamy

Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos RYAN HOFFMAN said there was one way to show Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy how much he meant to the team and players.

Rugby League

Hoffman sings coach's praises

Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos Ryan Hoffman said he believed there was one way to show Storm coach Craig Bellamy how much he meant to the team and players.

High five for Smith

Cameron Smith

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm captain crowned the club's player of the year for a fifth time.

Bennett backs Bellamy to stick with Storm

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy.

Stathi Paxinos Wayne Bennett could not see any reason why Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy would want to leave this year's NRL premier when his contract was up next year, the seven-time premiership coach said...

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Injured Storm trio likely to miss England trip

Matt Duffie

Stathi Paxinos Storm facing world club challenge clash against Leeds in England without three top players.

Storm receive unwelcome send-off before leaving to Britain

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 08:  Edrick Lee of the Raiders is tackled by Young Tonumaipea of the Storm during the NRL trial match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders at Simonds Stadium on February 8, 2013 in Geelong, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Stathi Paxinos THE Melbourne Storm will head to Britain for their world club challenge clash against Leeds on the back of not only a poor loss to Canberra in Friday's night's trial game but possibly without three...

Storm 'fan' re-signs as coach

Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos Coaching supremo Craig Bellamy has announced he is staying with NRL premiers Melbourne Storm until at least the end of 2016.