Carlton suffered a 24-point loss to Hawthorn in their practice match at Ikon Park but Blues fans will be buoyed by the performance of top draft pick Sam Walsh.
Richmond forward Tom Lynch remains at least a fortnight away from full training and appears in doubt for their round-one AFL clash with Carlton.
AFLX skippers Patrick Dangerfield and Nat Fyfe say the exhibition is aimed at the younger generation and critics should keep an open mind.
Dom Sheed, who booted the West Coast Eagles to their 2018 grand final victory, has extended his contract to keep him at the club until at the end of 2021.
Melbourne's Tom McDonald and GWS star Jeremy Cameron have joined the growing number of players to pull out of the AFLX tournament.
More midfield time is on the agenda this season for Sydney AFL star Callum Mills, who returns to action on Friday after missing much of last season.
West Coast's premiership winger Lewis Jetta says he only celebrated the flag win for a couple of weeks before re-setting for the next AFL challenge.
He's one of Brisbane's best defenders, but Harris Andrews says he'd be excited about potentially moving to the forward line in the 2019 AFL season.
West Coast midfielder Elliot Yeo is confident he'll be fit for the start of the season despite undergoing toe surgery during the summer.
West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern says even he wasn't sure whether he would be medically cleared to play in last year's grand final win over Collingwood.
Key forward Joe Daniher is a key to Essendon's AFL prospects and he could be set to return in the pre-season after a long absence due to a groin injury.
Brianna Moyes' AFLW debut turned into a nightmare, with the Fremantle rookie suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Magpies.