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The 1997 Great Western Portland Tournament

In the northern end of the Great Western Series, the 10 and 5 man events at Enchanted Acres in Scappoose (near Portland) Oregon, featured heavily wooded Pacific Northwest terrain on Labor day weekend 1997.

The 10 man event, played on Saturday got off to a belated start. Planet Paintball, (host of the event) had under-estimated the volume of high pressure compressed air needed to keep up with the fills. This led to a delay of several hours in the first few rounds. Fortunately enough down-time had been scheduled between games that a reduction in game time, and limits of 300 rounds per player per game allowed all of the games to be completed before the fields were too dark to play. In other tournaments the promoters have shifted the blame for things like this - not in Portland! Not only did Dan Bonebrake, Planet Paintball's owner, refund the entry fees to the 10 man teams, but he also offered to reimburse airfare for teams that flew. A number of teams, such as Marine Team, and Tsunami publicly declined this offer, as even though there were some delays, they still were able to play all of their games, win prizes, and gain points for the series.

As usual in the GWS, the competition was intense. While receiving Shockwave's trophy, Erick Felix said "I've been playing NPPL for a time, and I've been a bit of a snob thinking in terms that our competition was much higher. You guys have taught me otherwise."


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