Allegra Spender, independent member for Wentworth (Image: AP/ Mark Baker)
Allegra Spender, independent member for Wentworth (Image: AP/ Mark Baker)

When Antony Green first mentioned the Wentworth electorate at 7.24pm yesterday, saying Allegra Spender and Dave Sharma were at 59.5% and 40.5%, the Bondi Bowling Club erupted into ear-splitting cheers.

With 1200 volunteers on Spender's team, about half that number -- sweaty, exhausted and ecstatic -- turned up to drink pinot gris and eat sausages with their fellow foot soldiers.

At 9pm, as a feeling of optimism started to settle over the crowd, the opening bars of the Black Eyed Peas' "Tonight's going to be a good night" boomed out of the speakers and the crowd started to dance.  The music and dancing continued, Aretha Franklin's "Respect", Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" rang out, as Spender made a very slow progress through the crowd.