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I was really shocked - Diana
 Women's Football News 10 Dec 2010
I was really shocked - Diana - 10 Dec 2010 - Women's Football NewsDiana Barry admitted that she was "surprised but honoured" after being named as the Scottish Sun Players' Player of the Year at the annual Scottish Women's Football Awards.
The Spartans and Scotland striker told Women's Soccer Scene: "I was really shocked, to be honest. I am really honoured though, to be voted by your fellow players to be the Players' Player, which is always one of the better ones, shows that they respect you.
"I was on a shortlist of four players for the award and I actually thought that it would go to Hibernian goalkeeper Shannon Lynn, who is a brilliant goalie and person and had a great season for her club.
"It's certainly one of the highlights of my career so far and I am delighted for my team mates and coaches, who have all done so much to help me. I have played for Scotland at all levels but winning an award like this is a reward for all the hard work you have put in."
The award rounds off an excellent season for Diana and Spartans. "I broke my scoring record from the season before and it was good to get 43 goals," she said. "But I would never have scored as many as 43 without the other girls and the coaches.
"It was brilliant to finish in third place, especially as we could have ended up in fifth at one stage. Beating Hibs and Celtic in our last two games was massive for us and the way we finished was a sign of good things to come.
"Hopefully next season we can push the top teams in the league and split them. It is going to be really hard to break the top two right now, as Glasgow City have been a dominant force for a couple of seasons now and Celtic are just behind them, but we always wanted to finish in the top three. Hibs have got really stronger now so there are four really good teams at the top of the league.
"We've been a bit unlucky with injuries this season and also had a change of manager but we are going the right way as we have got a fantastic facility and set up at Spartans. If we can get the youth system sorted out, as the top clubs have, and we are certainly going that way, then hopefully more younger girls will come to Spartans and the future will be very good for us."
The season was also the first of the switch to summer football in Scotland and Diana has given the move her full backing. "I prefer it, because at this time of year the weather is so bad," she said. "We did have a long break in the middle of the season and it was a bit 'stop start' afterwards because of cup matches and internationals. Hopefully it will be tightened up and condensed a bit more in the future as it certainly helped our team, we won four matches in a row when playing regularly. It was only the first season though so there are bound to be one or two initial problems.
"But it was definitely a good move to change to summer football, it was a massive decision but they got it spot on."

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