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 braces for the cauldron

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

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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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.