Maver Match This News 13-12-17

Wed 13 December 17

2018 Maver Match This Off To A Flier

Saturday 2nd September marked the conclusion of the 2017 Maver Mega ‘Match This’ event. A gruelling five month qualification campaign, starting on Saturday 1st April and finishing at The Glebe / Mallory Park in Leicestershire on Sunday 13th August, produced yet another superb big money final with twenty four of the UK’s finest match anglers going head-to-head for what is now European match angling’s richest prize.

Tickets for the 2018 Mega Match This event went on sale on Monday 20th November – a full six weeks earlier than in previous years – and marked the introduction of a brand new ticket booking system, which so far, has recorded more ticket sales within the first few weeks post launch than in any other campaign to date. In fact, since tickets were launched, the total number of tickets sold to date equates to around twenty five per cent (25%) of the total number of tickets sold for 2017’s campaign!

Event manager, Ben Hughes commented: “Ticket sales for the 2018 Mega Match This event have, once again, surpassed any previous launch to date! The competition enters its eighth year next year and it’s extremely satisfying to watch as the event continues to go from strength to strength – especially at a time when match fishing is as vibrant as it is with lots of other big events for anglers to choose between”.

Ben Hughes went on to say: “There will inevitably come a time when ticket sales don’t match the previous year, but we’re yet to see that! It’s very encouraging to see how in demand Match This is as an event with the success over the last two years in particular I feel playing a huge part. Since 2016, the event has paid out over £160,000 to top placed anglers and section winners. Mega Match This is now, without doubt, the biggest event in the UK match angling calendar and anglers everywhere want to be a part of it – especially if early ticket sales are anything to go by”.

The 2018 Mega Match This event welcomes a return to Messingham Sands, Scunthorpe, which the event hasn’t visited since 2011, and Makins Fishery. The 2018 qualifier campaign also sees repeat qualifier events at Grand Final host venue, Maver Hayfield Lakes as well as two events at Tunnel Barn Farm and three at Peterborough’s Decoy Lakes. The ever-popular Midlands bagging mecca that is Mallory Park will host a total of four qualifier events for 2018 with other historically popular venues also hosting repeat qualifiers.

The event, which has so far rewarded the likes of Andy Power, Les Thompson, Zac Brown, Chris Cameron, Peter Upperton, Jon Whincup and, most recently Rob Wootton, with a combined prize fund worth over £460,000, now embarks on another momentous journey in the hope of rewarding next year’s Champion with an even larger prize. Last year saw Rob Wootton collect the largest prize in UK match angling history by way of a cheque for a life-changing £70,000! An additional £12,000 was also rewarded on the day between second and third placed anglers, as well as section winners.

Demand for tickets is extremely high with a number of qualifiers already showing signs of being fully subscribed long before the respective ticket deadlines. Remember, tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis. Tickets can be purchased on-line via the Maver (UK) website at