Head coach Sam Bird feels Hertfordshire Mavericks have been unfairly penalised by the decision to replay the away match against Manchester Thunder. Gilbert Perreault Jersey . The top two sides in the Vitality Netball Superleague had originally met in Manchester on April 2, but after a leak in the roof at the Thunderdome had delayed the start of the match, officials then halted the action at the end of the first quarter due to safety concerns about the wet court, with hosts Manchester leading 14-9.The fixture has now been rescheduled for the evening of Monday April 25, meaning leaders Mavericks will again face second-placed Thunder, just a few days after Hertfordshires clash against reigning champions Surrey Storm. Thunder-Mavs ordered to replay Manchester Thunder and Hertfordshire Mavericks ordered to replay fixture Mavericks lost their appeal against the rescheduling of the match in Manchester, despite the leagues ruling that Thunder were unable to provide a safe playing surface. Hertfordshire coach Bird told Sky Sports: The appeal was basically about the date of which the game should be played and where it should be played.We were the non-offending team, but the actual effect of the decision was to penalise us, by requiring us to travel back up to Manchester to play a game, which was abandoned through no fault of our own. The tricky thing, and what people dont really understand, is because were still very amateur in truth in terms of our staff and personnel. This is a new date and people will now have to apply to take time off school, off college, off work. Some of our players will lose money. The Mavericks were willing to play the fixture at a neutral venue Youre looking at nearly an 18 hour trip from start to finish and my concern was were really struggling the next day. It also has an impact on our training and our process through to the semi-final.Thunder head coach Dan Ryan sympathised with Hertfordshires concerns, but believes the replay is the best outcome.I think player management at this time is always at the forefront of every coachs mind, Ryan told Sky Sports. Just like it is with us at Thunder.I can certainly understand Sam Birds concerns from a player welfare perspective for Mavericks, but it is just an unfortunate situation in terms of what happened a couple of weeks ago. Thunders Head Coach Dan Ryan has welcomed the ruling to replay the fixture I think for the integrity of the competition, the best outcome has come forward. To have the replay going ahead is the result that both franchises deserve to have I guess, and for the fans, who get to see the top two teams go head-to-head.Bird admitted Hertfordshire were willing to play at a neutral venue, but now must squeeze a double-header into their busy schedule.She said: The rules allow them to split the points if the game cannot be replayed and also we feel that they could have switched the fixture, so that Thunder came to us, or found a venue that would have been equal for both teams in terms of travel.They chose not to do that and whilst we still dont agree with that decision, we obviously have to respect it and move on. Also See: Thunder-Mavs replay ordered WATCH: Netball fitness drills Vitality Superleague fixtures TableDave Andreychuk Jersey . But back-up Peter Budaj has put up two wins and an overtime loss while starting three games in four nights since Price went down with a suspected groin injury. Chris Drury Jersey . 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It shot a blistering 43.3 percent (42- of-97) from downtown in four games against Dallas this season. The difference on Sunday was Tim Duncan. The future Hall of Famer finished with 27 points and seven rebounds. "We got killed on threes in the first four outings this year," Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "We stayed home a little more on 3-point shooters, but youve got to give them something, and Duncan in there is obviously still solid." Parker posted 21 points, six assists and four rebounds for the top-seeded Spurs, who finished with the NBAs best record at 62-20. Ginobili finished with 17 points and six rebounds, while Kawhi Leonard registered a double- double with 11 points and 10 boards. Devin Harris led Dallas with 19 points, followed by 11 apiece from Nowitzzki, Monta Ellis and Brandan Wright. Toni Lydman Jersey. Vince Carter chipped in 10 off the bench. The late-game run was sparked by, of course, Duncan. He banked in a turnaround and then put in a runner to begin the surge before Tiago Splitter tied the game at 81-81 with a layup with 4:54 remaining. Consecutive Parker baskets gave the Spurs their first lead since it was 50-49 when there was 8:14 left in the third. Wright split a pair of foul shots to pull Dallas within 86-82 with 2:05 on the clock, but it never got any closer. Splitter sunk two foul shots at the other end and the Mavericks missed three of their final four shots from the field. "Its obvious that we did a lot of great things," Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle told the teams website. "We built a lead, but 7 1/2 minutes is a long time in an NBA game and youve got to be able to sustain. Weve got to work on getting another lead in Game 2 and then closing." The Spurs received some good news on Tuesday when Gregg Popovich was named Coach of the Year. He became the third coach to earn the honor three times, joining Pat Riley and Don Nelson. "I feel very honored for a whole lot of reasons," said Popovich. "First, there were so many coaches that did such a great job this year. To be singled out is pretty humbling. "When you win an award, it comes down to the players. Theyve been unbelievable for me. Without their play, diligence and professionalism, I know this wouldnt happen." Game 3 will be Saturday evening in Dallas. ' ' '