The AFL dra ... schedule for 2005 is in.
Working on the assumption that it's the strength of the Home Games that set up your season, as opposed to how many Away Games you play, the following is a ladder detailing the relative strengths of each club's Home Game Calendar.
Four Points: Any "Home" game against an interstate team. For example, Melbourne v West Coast in Victoria.
Two Points: Any "Home" or "Away" game against a local team. For example, Essendon v Collingwood in Victoria.
Two Points: Any "Home" or "Away" game at a neutral venue. For example, Kangaroos v Sydney at Manuka.
Zero Points: Any "Away" game against an interstate team. For example, Hawthorn v Fremantle in WA.
Adjusting for oddities, I've assigned several three point games ...
Round 2: St Kilda (3) v Fremantle (1) in Tasmania.
Round 6: Geelong (3) v Bulldogs (1) at Skilled.
Round 7: Hawthorn (3) v West Coast (1) in Tasmania.
Round 9: Carlton (3) v Melbourne (1) at Optus.
Round 9: Geelong (3) v Hawthorn (1) at Skilled.
Round 20: Geelong (3) v Melbourne (1) at Skilled.
Round 22: Geelong (3) v Richmond (1) at Skilled.
And finally there are those games that if you lose, can ruin your season, but if you win, can set up your season. The games where the fans can rock up reasonably expecting to win against a side on the road. The outright Home Games against interstate sides. Here it's four points for an outright "Home" game.
Make of it all what you will, but one thing's for sure, Melbourne could have had a couple more games at the MCG and one or two less interstate trips, but they appear to have a pretty good draw.