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 clouds gone as stars celebrate win

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.

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...

Rugby League

Storm starts as it left off - with a win

Melbourne Storm

Stathi Paxinos Reigning premiers dispel any thoughts of a premiership hangover with clinical win.

Rugby League

We need stand-alone Origin: Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos Craig Bellamy remembers the bitter disappointment he felt when Ryan Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hoffman were not chosen for New South Wales in this year's State of Origin.

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Rugby League

Bellamy's tired of losing

Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos Craig Bellamy has not been finding sleep easy these past months.

Rugby League

Gold Coast taken by Storm - and history

On the run: Melbourne Storm's Mahe Fonua, its first true-blue Victorian talent and playing his first NRL game, makes a dash.

Stathi Paxinos The story of the night was the unveiling of the Storm's first true-blue Victorian talent.

League

Storm have a true-blue local to call their own

Billy Slater of the Storm

Stathi Paxinos THE Melbourne Storm made history last night and it had nothing to do with their 24-16 win over Gold Coast at AAMI Park.

Rugby League

Storm wants help to grow

Marooned: Storm's Ryan Hoffman says the trip to Brisbane will be another battle.

Stathi Paxinos Club calls on ARL and state government to agree on promotion of game.

Rugby League

Lowe lapping up last days

Jaiman Lowe

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm front-rower Jaiman Lowe has had a niggling feeling for much of the year. It began as a battle for motivation when he was consigned to the reserves early this season but once he...

Rabbitohs ready for the Storm

Ryan Hoffman.

Stathi Paxinos It will be like a family reunion when the Melbourne Storm plays South Sydney at AAMI Park.

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.