Margaret Neumeister

Margaret Neumeister
Gawler Bridge Club

How did you discover Bridge? 
My husband learnt bridge in 1978 and played at the South Australian Bridge Association (SABA) for three years prior to moving to the country. He loved bridge and years later when a club started up in Port Pirie he asked me to play with him.

When did you first start playing?
I started playing six years ago at the Port Pirie Club with very little introduction to the game. Feeling a little out of my depth, I found a small group who played socially each week in the community to practice playing. Then I realised that I needed lessons if I wanted to understand the concepts and compete at a reasonable level. I ventured out and undertook lessons with David Lusk at SABA. Herbert and I established a good rapport with Ray and Rita Jones at the Kadina club who were also helpful in the development of my game. 

Why did you decide to become a Bridge Teacher? 
The founder of the Port Pirie Club, Kerry Strangward-Hine, moved interstate and had left a void. I needed to continue my development journey. When we became aware of Joan coming to Adelaide to offer the Teacher Training Program, both my husband and I attended. The Port Pirie Bridge Club had a small membership and my husband and I felt we needed to play bridge more than once a week and decided we would offer lessons to improve our play and recruit new members. 

What do you enjoy most about playing/teaching Bridge? 
I like that there is a National curriculum to deliver that is evidence-based with quality resources and support. There is ongoing development for teachers that can then be offered to members of the club. The enthusiasm and excitement of players when they are able to apply what they are learning is also rewarding. 

Two years ago we moved to the Gawler Club and I also travel once a week to Tanunda (Bridge in the Barossa) to play bridge.

Tell us something most people don’t know about you?
I am a keen gardener and dedicate time to my grandchildren to help ensure they have a bright future.