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

Storm's swagger returns with a win

Melbourne Storm

Stathi Paxinos IT HAS been a while since Craig Bellamy had seen such facial expressions and body language on his players.

Storm surge back to form as hapless Panthers roll over

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04:  Billy Slater of the Storm runs with the ball during the round 22 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Penrith Panthers at AAMI Park on August 4, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Stathi Paxinos THERE was a feeling that hung around Melbourne Storm's game against Penrith yesterday. It was one of ''surely not''.

Rugby League

Storm aims to avoid Bellamy's blasts

bellamy

Stathi Paxinos There had been talk that Craig Bellamy had last week given his team, which had lost five games in a row, some of the biggest bollockings of his career.

Rugby League

Bellamy's spit and polish

Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos Craig Bellamy's verbal sprays are part of rugby league folklore.

Rugby League

Under radar and over moon

Gareth Widdop in action.

Stathi Paxinos Gareth Widdop is grateful he has had the opportunity to live his life in relative obscurity outside the closeted rugby league ranks.

Rugby League

Inclusions to boost Storm

Melbourne Storm has backed the recovery powers of its players, naming four who missed its dominant qualifying final.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm has backed the recovery powers of its players, naming four who missed its dominant qualifying final win against South Sydney in the team for Friday's preliminary final clash against...

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

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

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

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

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.

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...

Rugby League

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...