Landsberg – Professional leagues in the United States, from DJK Landsberg through to the women’s national league, to the WNBA. This is what the career plan of basketball player Leonie Feibach once looked like. Reality: France, Australia, Belgium, soon Spain. But the 22-year-old has no problem with that – especially since his WNBA dream is coming true.
Originally, he has also signed to the North American team. Feibach had already been drafted by “Chicago Sky” in 2021, so the US club secured transfer rights to the player. “The concept is a little complicated. Basically, I belong to Chicago without playing there,” she explains. With the club, “Leo” decided to gain even more match practice and experience for the stronger US league in Europe and to spend the 21/22 season with the French First Division club “Flames Carolo Basket Ardennes”.
The winger’s conclusion after a year in northern France is mixed: “The weather was very wild. Unfortunately, due to injuries, I didn’t get the playing time I expected.” To make matters worse, he was stopped by Corona twice. The future in France was hard to imagine, so Fabich and his agent looked for alternatives: “Unfortunately, the election in Europe is quite limited, so the search was not easy. Then we came up with the idea for Australia.” Fabich had already heard “only good things” about the country and its league from national team colleagues and a former teammate. The decision was made very quickly, and on contracts. And at the end of May this year, the Landsberg native moved under his new club, the “Warwick Senators,” near the city of Perth.
“I really have to say: I love it here,” says Leonie Fabich nearly two months later. The league level is not very high and hence the match is ideal for practicing and gaining confidence. She trains with the team only twice a week. Fabich, who has already suffered two cruciate ligament tears in her youth career, has more time to take care of her body. “I personally train a lot and eventually workout to really get fit again.” And the rest of the time? “I live here just 15 minutes from the beach and try to go surfing as often as possible,” says the German international.
Meanwhile, Fabich went back to Europe: at the end of June she took part in the World Championships in Belgium with the German 3×3 women’s national team. 3×3 basketball is a subset of the classic game. Two teams of three players each play against each other, but only on one basket. In addition, the playing time is significantly reduced and the maximum is ten minutes. “The whole game is a lot more physical, a lot faster,” Feibach explains. Along with her team, she fails in the round of 16 in the finalists Canada. Despite the “bitter defeat” and the heavy stress on the trip – the German opening game took place just a day after Fabich’s arrival – she says: “It was a great experience. The mode is very exciting and the atmosphere in Antwerp was really great ”
The winger’s contract at Perth (played with Wasserburg in the German Bundesliga) runs until the end of the season and thus until mid-September at the latest. After that, the globetrotter would continue directly to Spain, where he would play for Zaragoza from the autumn. There she wants to develop further. And then make another attempt at the WNBA? “Certainly, America is still a target. At least I want to be in training camp at the start of the season to show the coaches and players what I can do.” But Leoni doesn’t feel any pressure: “Maybe it’ll work next summer, maybe not until 2024 or 2025. I’ll let it come to me.”