The opening game of the season for Js Hercules was an away trip to Kajaani to face Spartak. Both teams were no doubt aware of the significance of the match, but unpredictable May weather and unfortunate scheduling problems at Kajaanin liikuntapuisto seemed to affect the visitors' preparation. The match kicked off in cold weather which soon turned to snow, making any kind of attractive football a difficult proposition.
First match of the season is always a celebration, especially for Herkku-Papat reserve team. Season's opening opponent was this time IVFC, which Papat beat at 2011 season ending thriller in Castren. This time teams met in smallish Talvikkipuisto stadion. Game started with two quick goal, one in both end. Arto Oikarinen made his come-back to Herccu shirt after last played in 2005 by scoring two nice goals.
JS Hercules played against Haukiputaan Pallo reserve team late Saturday night in rather cold condititions. Matti Verronen gave something to cheer about for the brave spectators (all 8 of them) scoring a solid hatrick. The match ended 4-1 (1-0) for the home side.