Saturday 3rd September 2016 marked the sixth annual Maver Mega Match This Grand Final event staged at Maver Hayfield Lakes, Doncaster.
Undeterred by driving rain, the crowds turned out in their masses to see the twenty four finalists battle it out for UK match angling's richest prize and collect a life-changing £70,000!
The competition started at 12 noon with many of the competing field enjoying action almost immediately. Preston Innovations' Andy Power got off to a good start on Match This peg 15 (permanent peg 45) and went into the match a firm favourite with many given his draw and undeniable form in Match This finals. Fellow Preston rod and England International, Des Shipp, also enjoyed a great start to his match from Match This peg 8 (permanent peg 19) catching on the feeder from the opposite side of the island to remain in contention during the opening stages. Maver's Simon Skelton was also making his presence known during the opening stages of the match finding carp in numbers on his short line from Match This peg 21 (permanent peg 57). However, it was MAP's Jamie Hughes that took an early lead from permanent peg 51 (Match This peg 18), again catching carp on the feeder tight to the island.
Midway through the match and Maver Midlands rod John Ashwell was beginning to find the fish catching large carp on paste from permanent peg 17 (Match This peg 7) as was Garbolino's Rob Brennan a few pegs to his left from permament peg 4 (Match This peg 11) after a frustrating start which saw him lose a number of foul-hooked fish. David Shires was also beginning to creep into the frame at this point in proceedings from Match This peg 23 (permanent peg 61). Unfortunately, for some however, things started to wane a little as the day progressed, most noticeably for previous Match This finalists Andy Power and Simon Skelton. Jamie Hughes, on the other hand, was by this stage in the match, well and truly into his rhythm matched only by the efforts of Frenzee's Jon Whincup from neighbouring peg 49 (Match This peg 17). Jon had started the match fishing short and was into good-sized fish straight away with no signs of slowing down going into the final half of the match. It was still the opinion of most on the bank, however, that it was Jamie Hughes who still had the advantage over the rest of field going into the final hour - especially in light of Jon's match seemingly losing momentum at a time when it mattered most. The scene was set, once again, for another tense weigh in and Match This final conclusion.
The standard of fishing experienced on the day was nothing short of incredible with each finalist averaging over 46 kilos (100lbs) in weight, netting a total of 1,124 kilos between them over the five hours. In the end though, it was a close run race between Frenzee's Jon Whincup and MAP's Jamie Hughes for first and second place with Jon finally weighing in 105.750kg to be crowned the 2016 Match This Champion and take home the cheque for a collosal £70,000.
Jamie Hughes weighed in 93.925 kilos from Match This peg 18 (permanent peg 51) to receive the runners-up purse of £5,000 with Maver's Simon Skelton confirming a third place finish for the second time in his Match This career with a weight of 81.950kg, picking up £3,000 from Match This peg 21 (permanent peg 57).
Section winners were Rob Brennan (Garbolino), Desh Shipp (Preston Innovations), David Shires and Andy Power (Preston Innovations), each of whom picked up £1,000.
The 2016 Mega Match This final rewrote the history books of our sport with eventual winner, Jon Whincup picking up angling's largest ever prize after confirming the biggest Match This winning weight ever recorded in any of the competitions previous five finals. In fact, the 2016 Match This final produced the most prolific big money final - ever! 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!
|Angler's Name||Weight (kilos)||Perm Peg # (Match This Peg #)|
|Jon Whincup (Frenzee)||105.750||49 (17)||£70,000|
|Jamie Hughes (MAP)||93.925||51 (18)||£5,000|
|Simon Skelton (Maver UK)||81.950||57 (21)||£3,000|
|Des Shipp (Preston Innovations)||65.300||19 (8)||£1,000|
|David Shires||60.245||61 (23)||£1,000|
|Andy Power (Preston Innovations)||59.425||45 (15)||£1,000|
|Rob Brennan (Garbolino)||57.550||11 (4)||£1,000|
|Stephen Openshaw (Lingmere Fishery)||56.100||55 (20)|
|Matt Godfrey (Drennan Barnsley Blacks)||54.175||7 (3)|
|David Burley (Champion Feed)||48.175||59 (22)|
|Luke Bamford||47.225||63 (24)|
|Steve Davis (West Malling Angling)||43.375||21 (9)|
|David Brown Jnr (Poplars AC)||40.250||5 (2)|
|John Ashwell (Maver Midlands)||40.200||17 (7)|
|Ross Harold (Matrix)||39.000||53 (19)|
|Adam Playford (Dersingham AC)||38.675||13 (5)|
|Simon Fry (Garbolino)||30.625||23 (10)|
|Paul Cook||29.325||47 (16)|
|Matt Arnold||28.100||25 (11)|
|John Smalley (Decoy Lakes)||26.800||15 (6)|
|Adam Richards (Browning)||25.350||41 (13)|
|Gary Bell (Lakeland Fishery)||24.075||43 (14)|
|Perry Stone (Spro)||14.300||27 (12)|
|Mark Jones (Tredegar AC)||13.925||3 (1)|
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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 or 2015 campaigns, you can login to purchase a 2016 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 3rd September 2016.
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 3rd September, 2016.
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 Mega Match This Grand Final has traditionally enjoyed a one-hour-long reportage courtesy of Sky Sports. However, the 2016 Match This Grand Final will be shown on BT Sport approximately two weeks after the event at Maver Hayfield Lakes.
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.