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 wary of Hasler factor

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

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

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.

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

slater

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.

Bulldogs the form team: Bellamy

Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy could not resist a smile when talking about Canterbury counterpart Des Hasler.

Bulldogs no underdogs

Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos MELBOURNE STORM coach Craig Bellamy could not resist a smile as he voiced what just about everyone in rugby league was thinking about Canterbury counterpart Des Hasler - or more specifically his...

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.

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

New Ryles injury a blow for Storm

Jason Ryles

Stathi Paxinos Jason Ryles came to Melbourne to play in finals, more particularly grand finals.

Rugby League

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.

Rugby League

Hinchcliffe rises to the challenge

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06:  Ryan Hinchcliffe of the Storm breaks through the Panthers defence to score a try during the round 22 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Penrith Panthers at AAMI Park on August 6, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Stathi Paxinos The gritty back-rower could be just one game away from playing for Australia.

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.

Rugby League

Broncos wary of pumped-up Slater

Billy Slater

Stathi Paxinos Brisbane coach wishes Slater could have saved a couple of his rare fumbles for tonight.