Ashley Barnes has praised the resilience of his SG Ball squad, which has overcome the early-season sacking of four players to advance to Saturday's grand final against the Illawarra Steelers. The Raiders junior representative coach admits the decision to terminate four players following an alleged late-night glassing incident after round one was tough on the rest of his squad, but necessary to preserve the culture of the club. Canberra was unable to even field a full team in round two against Wests, after Caleb Esera went down in the warm up. Barnes' side ended up winning that game and ultimately qualified for the finals, beating Canterbury two weeks ago before holding on in a nailbiter against Manly last weekend. "All of the boys that unfortunately got terminated are all good young men, [they] made a mistake," Barnes said.