Saturday 5th September marked the conclusion of the 2015 Maver Mega 'Match This' campaign. A gruelling five month qualification campaign starting on Saturday 4th April at The Glebe / Mallory Park in Leicestershire and finishing at Maver Larford Lakes on Sunday 16th August produced a truly fantastic final with twenty four of the UK's finest match anglers going head-to-head for angling's richest prize.
It was Middy rod Peter Upperton who secured victory on the day, thus placing his name firmly in the sport's history books alongside former Mega 'Match This' Champions Andy Power, Les Thompson, Zac Brown and Chris Cameron. Saturday 5th September 2015 will be a day Pete will never forget after winning UK match angling's richest ever prize, leaving Larford Lakes with a life-changing £65,000 - the largest sum of money ever awarded in a Match This Final and a further £5,000 over and above the prize awarded to Chris Cameron in 2015.
No sooner has the dust began to settle on the 2015 event, we now turn our attention to 2016's event, with January 1st marking the beginning of the next chapter in the Mega 'Match This' story. Twenty four qualifiers spanning seventeen different venues up and down the country begin on Saturday 2nd April in search of the twenty four 2016 Mega 'Match This' Grand Finalists.
The 2016 Maver Mega 'Match This' campaign brings with it the introduction of a brand new venue in Lakeview Fisheries, Leicestershire, as well as repeat qualifiers at the most popular 2015 venues including, Maver Larford Lakes, Mallory Park / The Glebe, Partridge Lakes and Heronbrook Fisheries. We are also proud to confirm a very welcome return to Decoy Lakes, Peterborough as part of the 2016 qualifier campaign.
For the very first time, the 2016 Mega 'Match This' qualifier campaign marks the introduction of mid-week qualifiers taking place on Wednesdays. Mid-week qualifiers are scheduled to be held at Decoy Lakes on Wednesday 8th June and 10th August as well as Mallory Park / The Glebe on Wednesday 27th July.
Expect demand for tickets to be high!
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 1ST JANUARY 2016
Next years final will take place on Saturday 3rd September 2016.
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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 Managing Director Phil Briscoe has personally guaranteed a sum of £50,000 for the winner, still double the largest prize currently on offer.
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 Larford 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 currently enjoys a one-hour-long reportage shown on Sky Sports in the Autumn immediately after the final. However, Maver are in discussions with various television networks about live coverage of the event. Watch this space for updates.
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.