Saturday 3rd September marked the conclusion of the 2016 Maver Mega Match This Grand final at Maver Hayfield Lakes in Doncaster. A fiercely competitive match produced what many hail as being the best big money final EVER in the history of the sport and, in the process, rewrote the history books. Eventual winner, Jon Whincup picked up angling's largest ever prize after confirming the biggest Match This winning weight ever recorded in any of the competitions previous five finals. Jon's winning weight of 105.750 kilos is the largest recorded weight of any major final in the country to date and his performance is sure to go down as one of the most memorable in recent years.
An unbelievable conclusion to the best Mega Match This final ever, which paid out £82,000!
As the dust now begins to settle on 2016's finale, we turn our attention to the 2017 Mega Match This qualifier campaign. The 2017 qualifiers will take place at the UK's most popular venues up and down the country with the opening and final qualifiers taking place at the Midlands-based bagging mecca that is The Glebe / Mallory Park. A gruelling five month qualifier campaign, which starts on Satuday 1st April and concludes on Sunday 13th August, will no doubt, once again, produce twenty four of the sports best anglers who will go on to compete for UK match fishing's biggest and most prestigious prize.
Tickets for the 2017 Match This qualifiers will go on sale to the general public right here via the Official Mega Match This website on SUNDAY 1st JANUARY 2017. Demand for tickets is expected to be extremely high so plan ahead and make a note of the date - SUNDAY 1ST JANUARY 2017.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I buy tickets?
In order to buy tickets for the event, you will first need to register an account. Simply click the 'Login / Registration' link once ticket sales go live and follow the on screen instructions. Please note, if you registered for a "Match This" ticket during the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 campaigns, you can login to purchase a 2017 ticket using the same e-mail address and password. You do NOT have to register again.
Having trouble logging in to your account?
If you cannot remember the password you created during the registration process, you can request a replacement password be sent to the E-mail address provided at time of registration. Please note the replacement password may arrive in your spam/junk E-mail depending on your E-mail account filter settings. If you experience any further difficulties, then please contact Maver (UK) Ltd on 01527 406 300.
Can I purchase tickets using my smart phone?
NO. We recommend tickets are purchased via a desktop or laptop computer to ensure the best compatability with the site.
How much does it cost?
Match This will cost £50 per qualifier to enter with anglers being able to enter as many qualifiers as they wish.
What is the format?
There are 24 qualifying events throughout the country, held at the most professional and popular fisheries. The winner of each 120 peg qualifying event will progress through to the Grand Final. The Grand Final event will take place on Saturday 2nd September 2017 at Maver Hayfield Lakes.
What if the qualifiers don't sell out?
If the qualifiers don't sell out, then Maver (UK) still guarantee a sum of £50,000 for the winner.
Do I need to join a club to be able to purchase tickets?
Absolutely not. There are no loyalty clubs or favouritism with Match This. All tickets are sold on a first come first served basis.
What's the latest I can book a ticket for a qualifying event?
Tickets can be purchased up until one week before the date of the qualifying event if you are paying by cheque. If you are paying for tickets via a debit / credit card, you can pay up until the 12 noon on the Friday before the match with the exception of mid-week qualifiers, which will see ticket sales close as of 12 noon on the Monday before the match. Tickets cannot be purchased after such time. Please also note that tickets cannot be purchased on the day. If you have not booked your ticket(s) in advance, you will not be able to fish on the day.
What date will the final be held on?
The Grand Final will be held at Maver Hayfield Lakes on Saturday 2nd September, 2017.
It's all about drawing an end peg in the final?
End pegs have notoriously dominated finals in prestigious events such as this. However, the Mega Match This final will feature four end peg blockers, who will fish a mini match between themselves, in order to remove the all important advantage of an end peg.
Bought a ticket but can no longer fish or have previously qualified?
All tickets are fully transferable. You are free to sell on tickets to friends who wish to take part in the event.
Will the final be televised?
The 2017 Match This Grand Final will be shown on BT Sport approximately two weeks after the Grand Final has taken place.
How much do Maver make from this?
The very simple answer is absolutely nothing. 100% pools entry will be paid out in the way of prizes on the day of the grand final. Maver are proud to be organising an event such as this. It is vital that we take our sport to the next level, where it deserves to be. Obviously organising an event such as this incurs many costs, with pegs fees alone amounting to almost £20,000. But rest assured, if all 24 qualifiers sell out, then the winner WILL walk away with a life changing sum of money.
You've got to be in it to win it.
There is nothing else to say other than THE VERY BEST OF LUCK.